Greenhouse Apps, whose free app Jink is available on both iPhone and Android, last week released the biggest update since its July ’14 debut. Aimed at simplifying how friends and family make plans and meet up, Jink 2.0 combines private location sharing and quick messaging in a way that allows users to plan meetups in just a few taps and texts, then find each other with ease.
Prior to this release, Jink’s main feature was real-time location sharing to simplify meeting up. Users privately and temporarily see one another move on a map, and the app automatically ends location sharing when they arrive at the same place. Likened to doing for friends what Uber did in putting en route cars on a map, Jink 1.0 has been featured on the Google Play Store home page, been ranked in the app stores of 116 countries, and received praise for its elegantly balanced treatment of privacy and location sharing from publications including TechCrunch, The Guardian, and Android Community.
Last week’s release preserves that real-time meetup interaction and adds location-paired messaging, wherein each message sent updates one’s position on the receiver’s map. A new “Hey!” feature enables users to start a conversation and share where they’re at in an instant; simply double-tapping a friend’s chathead will send them a “Hey!” along with one’s current location.
The additions are meant to broaden the instances where Jink can come in handy, from live meetups to the social and planning conversations that happen every day. Seeing friends’ icons on a map adds valuable context to text conversations and eliminates the need for aggravating “where are you?” back-and-forths. As with previous versions, location is shared privately, temporarily, and only with the people you choose.
* Compatible with iPhone and Android
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later / Android 4.0 or later
* 17.2 MB on iOS / 9.4 MB on Android
Pricing and Availability:
Jink – Message & Meet on a Map 2.0.1 is free and available worldwide through the iTunes App Store in the Social Networking category. The app is also available for Android devices in the Google Play Store. For more information and to download Jink, please visit the website, the iTunes App Store, or the Google Play Store. Jink has been localized for English, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Korean, and Japanese.